The Uzo Method at a Community Based Resource Center for PMAD

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From December of 2011 through March of 2013, women who were diagnosed with or at risk for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) were offered an Uzo Method dance intervention.

There were 54 dance interventions provided for 28 unique participants. Participants were asked to
rate their stress and energy on a 5 point scale both before and after the intervention

The proportion of participants who reported a reduction in stress was
83.33%. The proportion of participants who reported an increase in energy was 81.25%.

This is wonderful information that proves my belief that dance improves well being and especially when life is tough. Parenting in the first few years can be especially challenging when PPMD is suspected or diagnosed. The community can help at large if we can sensitive to new moms, their emotions, the resources and support systems that encourage dancing together. Let us all get up and get moving with good music.

Uzoamaka Nwankpa RN BSN
Grand Canyon University
Graduate Student
Masters of Nursing Science

Uzo Nwankpa, facilitated all the sessions and collected the data which was compiled and analyzed by Fania Bevill, a registered nurse who is passionate about the cause and biostatistics.

Emersion of self in the rhythm of the ancestors

Soul Searching

Bliss reaching

Pace grabbing

Love drowning

Body moaning……

That is the plan as I surround myself with like minds of the drum and dance loving world.

See you there

West African Drum and Dance Camp

Camp Fareta here I come

 

 

African Dance in San Francisco

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Back by popular demand….

A Pan African Dance Fusion Class taugh by Uzo Nwankpa

June 11th and 18th 

7-8:30pm

10 Chase Court San Francisco CA

See you there

Care about water?

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<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/94694867″>Precious Drop Trailer</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user17911786″>Afrique Sogue Percussion &amp; Dance</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

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Precious Drop illuminates our exceedingly variant human relationships to water. Overseen by the omnipotent, pan-cultural water spirit, Mami Wata, a unified tale is revealed, woven of ‘traditional’ African fable and current event that explores this intrinsic and invaluable resource throughout place and time. By way of experiences both mundane and sacred, the journey probes a spectrum of inquiries between abundance and scarcity, reverence and disregard, solution and destruction. In gratitude and celebration for Her bountiful gifts, direction is forged towards a more promising future.

Global Youth Service Day

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From children making coconut oil sugar scrubs, to juicing Ayurvedic style.

From visual sugar content in drinks to children under ten cooking for the public with their mother.

Haile Thomas and the HAPPY organization along with the Tucson YWCA went through a great deal to feed the community with healthy delicious meals.

 

Healthy Belly

 

 

What an amazing experience it is to be in the Tucson community.

I was honored to be a part of an amazing family that inspires me. The thomas family have together supported Haile in her ventures following her dreams.

 

Photos to come soon.

I was asked to be a speaker and of course I spoke about music and movement and  self-healing practices.

 

See Presentation details here 

“The Healthy Belly Community Dinner is a creative and engaging approach to addressing the issue of childhood obesity, malnutrition, and hunger all in one fun, delicious and informative evening with a community of deserving families and supportive community health & wellness presenters.  HAPPY Organization Founder, Haile Thomas created this event for Global Youth Service Day, as a Service-Learning Project, and in support of her overall mission to inspire healthier generation”

One Billion Rising @ Take Back the Night in Tucson AZ 2014

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Learn the choreography

Watch the video

Attend the community class led by Uzo

Come to Take Back the Night at the Mercardo San Augustine April 9th Tucson AZ

Overcomer Dance- A community Healing event

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I am honored to continue my journey in life through dance. Dancing is something that brings stillness to my mind. Dancing helps me grow, heal, and survive.

I was asked to help coordinate the Flash Mob to the Overcomer Song by Mandisa in Tucson AZ. The song is very empowering and I jumped on the opportunity. On jan 8th 2011, 17 people were shot and 6 people died. One of the survivors is former congress woman Gabby Giffords. On Wednesday Jan 8th 2014, we remembered the victims and survivors of this tragic event at El Presidio Park downtown Tucson through the flash mob. There were multiple classes held in the community, hospital, high school and YMCA. People committed to learning the moves and they showed up to dance.  I was excited to join a team of wonderful visionaries that made this all happen. It was a success. Check out the video and photos from the event.

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On Jan 11th, the Beyond Tucson event asked for more and I taught the community the dance. including the Mayor of Tucson Jonathan Rothchild and his wife.

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Check out the video

We also got some press coverage

http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/arts/report/010814_overcomer/video-flash-mob-dances-overcomer-mark-jan-8/

http://azstarnet.com/gallery/news/local/photos-beyond/collection_6f68746e-7b08-11e3-a949-001a4bcf887a.html#8

http://azstarnet.com/gallery/news/local/photos-beyond/collection_6f68746e-7b08-11e3-a949-001a4bcf887a.html#11

Nigerian Drum and Dance Workshop in AZ

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Nigerian Drum and Dance Tucson AZ Jan 2014

Photo by Jade Beall

Monday 1/27/14
Song and Dance 7pm

Tuesday 1/28/13
Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy
3401 N. Fort Valley Rd. Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Dance @7pm

Thursday 1/30/14
Dance @ 7pm

Friday 1/31/14
Drum @ 5pm
Dance @ 6:30pm

Sat 2/1/14
Drum @ 6:30pm

$15/class
$10 student discount

No drum and dance experience necessary.

Drum Class:
Akeem Ayanniyi is the ninth generation of his family to play the traditional Yoruba talking drum. He is from Erin Oshun near the historic art center of Oshogbo in Nigeria. He has been performing since the age of five and has toured much of Africa as well as Germany, Brazil, Sweden and the United States as a performer and teacher.

www.agalu.com

Dance Class:
Uzo Nwankpa is from Enugu in Southeast Nigeria, She is an Igbo woman educating communities on the history of the country, how Igbo style dance “Egwu Igbo” continues to evolve across the continents and the various techniques of Igbo style dance. Uzo emphasizes the importance of healing through music and movement and uses this medium to facilitate her dance classes

Hope to see you all there

Uzo

Bollywood with Kiran & African Inspired movements with guest artist Uzo

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Kiran and Uzo are doing it again. There is an undeniable synergy between both of their styles of movement.

If you have not checked out Kiran, you are in for a treat. She brings her charisma,knowledge and skills into fostering a loving, safe and energizing environment at her classes.

Check her out at http://kirane.yolasite.com/

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Uzo wll be teaching contemporary African inspired movements to the class. We will be working on Coupe Decale, Soukouss, Azonto and Afro Pop moves.

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Come out and dance with us.

Monday Dec 9th @ 5:15pm

3838 E. Fort Lowell Rd, #2,
Tucson, AZ 85716-1731

(Ft. Lowell and Alvernon, next to Rendez-vous Restaurant)

See you there:)

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